Independent Lens: Season 5, Episode 16

Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew (22 Jul. 2004)

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An intimate portrait of 76-year-old jazz vocal legend Jimmy Scott. The film explores Scott's odyssey of loss and redemption through reminiscence, song, and lush Japanese travelogue.

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An intimate portrait of 76-year-old jazz vocal legend Jimmy Scott. The film explores Scott's odyssey of loss and redemption through reminiscence, song, and lush Japanese travelogue.

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Truly a great documentary
12 January 2006 | by (American Samoa) – See all my reviews

I caught this gem of a movie by chance, I couldn't stop watching it! I don't normally get so emotional, but seeing him suffer so much through so many ordeals (the relationship with his father defies loyalty - almost killing his career just to please the man) and that sleazy promoter who continually crept up (like a computer pop-up) just to destroy whatever chance he had of making it. And then finally, after much time, after so many hardships to finally get recognition (AND at the mortal 'expense' of one his greatest fans (which one of us would do something so selfless?)) to see him still so happy just to perform, whether it was a crowd of 5-10 people or thousands... treating each one like a family member. Wow. I can't express enough how many would-be artists/singers/musicians/actors should watch this film to truly see how passion and dedication like Jimmy Scott makes you not only a true 'artist' but a true human being. Overcoming life is it's own feat. Amazing


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